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If you're looking to accelerate your leadership career in today's global business environment, the Karren Brady MBA is the qualification to help you do exactly that.

We've worked with Baroness Karren Brady to develop
the Karren Brady MBA which hones in on key business activities, equipping you with the skills needed to
address common business issues and the confidence
to hit the ground running in a management role.

Karren Brady in the boardroom Karren Brady in the boardroom

If you're looking to accelerate your leadership career in today's global business environment, the Karren Brady MBA is the qualification to help you do exactly that.

We've worked with Baroness Karren Brady to develop the Karren Brady MBA which hones in on key business activities, equipping you with the skills needed to address common business issues and the confidence to hit the ground running in a management role.

Key Information

Master in Business Administration (MBA)
Course Title
The Karren Brady MBA
Study Mode
2 years
Start Date
October 2020


The Karren Brady MBA is an industry-led programme, designed with the development of world-class leaders in mind. Combining Karren Brady’s wealth of real-world leadership experience with a contemporary curriculum focused on the inter-connected management functions of a successful, sustainable business, the Karren Brady MBA is truly unique.

As one of the UK's most accomplished female entrepreneurs, Karren's years of training and experience have informed the development of this online MBA leadership program. Her fascinating insights into life behind the boardroom doors have helped shape a leadership MBA qualification which cultivates the skills required by employers today - and tomorrow. These include the all-important soft skills for MBA students, such as the ability to work with different people and understanding the digital impact on businesses.

Anyone enrolling on the Karren Brady MBA can expect to develop the skills and confidence to manage complex projects, deliver cross-functional change and negotiate with key stakeholders or clients - all while enhancing their knowledge of management, leadership, training, managerial styles and giving them the opportunity to progress from their current role. 84% of MBA alumni say the skills they developed during their degree helped them advance their career.

While studying this MBA, you will explore theories and practical applications that underpin strategic leadership and organisational growth, graduating with refined personal skills and attributes commonly required to nurture and lead an organisation in today's challenging and competitive business environment.

Programme content

In the world of business, there is significant evidence to support the idea that success is achieved by businesses that are structured around their key business activities, rather than functional areas like HRM or finance. The modules you'll study throughout this online MBA leadership program reflect these key activities.


Year 1

  • Developing into a World-Class Leader
    • Leadership
    • Organisational behaviour
    • Organisational culture
    • Human resource management
  • The Art of Negotiation and Persuasion
    • Negotiation and persuasion theory
  • Winning at Ethical Leadership
    • Corporate social responsibility
    • Business ethics
    • Cross-cultural leadership
    • Inclusivity and diversity
  • Building Powerful Strategies for Growth and Success in the Global Environment
    • Strategic marketing
    • Business and corporate strategy
    • Data analytics
    • Financial analysis

Year 2

  • Leading Successful Organisational Change Initiatives
    • Leading and managing change
    • Financial analysis
    • Project management
  • The Fundamentals of Sustainable Business Growth
    • Corporate social responsibility
    • Business ethics
    • Sustainability
  • Entrepreneurial Project
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Research skills

To be eligible for the Karren Brady MBA at Arden, you must have:

  • A UK Honours degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent
  • Two years' suitable work experience

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English; a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted
  • We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here

MBA course fees: £12,500

Funding options available for the Karren Brady MBA are as follows:

Postgraduate student loan for UK & EU students
As a postgraduate student, you can now apply for a student loan of up to £10,000, for taught and research Masters courses, including MBAs. Find out more at www.gov.uk/masters-loan

Postgrad Solutions study bursary
Looking for additional funding for a postgraduate qualification? Postgrad Solutions now offers 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here to apply.

Self-funding: pay in full
If you're in a position to do so, you can opt to self-fund your course and pay the entire amount up-front.

As the Karren Brady MBA will develop you as a professional, your employer may want to fund or part-fund your studies. Feel free to call our team on 0800 268 7737 to discuss the steps to securing employer sponsorship.

The Karren Brady MBA utilises a cross-cutting approach to leadership and management, and the module content is focused on key business activity as a result.

As a student on this leadership MBA, you can expect the following key themes, with a focus on innovation in student engagement:

  • Developing the requisite personal skills and behaviours that are essential in strategic leadership, including: personal communication, negotiation and self-development;
  • Identifying and unlocking the potential of inclusivity and diversity within organisations to construct, motivate and lead high-performance teams;
  • Utilising and harnessing digitally-driven data and information to help optimise decision-making;
  • Developing entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial competencies and mind-sets to drive innovation and creativity, helping organisations stand out from the crowd and achieve success within highly competitive areas.

Learners on the programme should already be in work and/or have significant work experience, as the Karren Brady MBA is designed to help develop your existing career by meeting the needs of employers.

It is aligned to the current CMI benchmarks, and Arden University have academic staff embedded within the CMI benchmark review process.

The Karren Brady MBA programme offers the degree of flexibility required to ensure that even those in full-time employment have the opportunity to study. The programme will develop your skills, behaviours and knowledge, enabling you to confidently enter the business, leadership and management environment, or improve your existing career prospects within it, once you graduate.

While studying this MBA, you'll develop and refine a range of transferrable skills and will be provided with opportunities to prove these skills. The final project, in particular, offers the chance to demonstrate higher level academic skills, such as critical thinking, synthesising information and deep data analysis.

It will also equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to evaluate and apply various technological solutions to contemporary business challenges within the global environment. Throughout the course, you'll also benefit from access to an e-career coach throughout your studies, who will be on hand to offer career guidance and counselling.

You'll be required to participate in an ongoing process of personal development planning (PDP) using a dynamic PDP approach. While studying your first module, you'll create and submit an initial PDP for summative assessment. This document will be a dynamic document, updated continually throughout the programme of study using inputs such as:

  • Assessment feedback
  • Personal career management (PCM) - coaching
  • Career advice via Abintegro and PCM
  • PCM psychological assessment reports
  • Peer-to-peer learning

In the final module, you will be required to submit an account that reflects upon your progress made in the programme, and the effectiveness of your PDP.

The Arden values (support, innovation, doing the right thing and taking ownership) are embedded within the programme, and are instilled in you as you progress through your studies, ensuring you graduate fully equipped with an appropriate and ethically-sound knowledge of procedures and processes.

While the distributed nature of Arden University students makes conventional careers support difficult, the use of the Abintegro provider allows us to offer a range of support in career development, and there are opportunities for you to purchase more specialist support if required.

With graduate attributes embedded within the programme, you'll graduate from the Karren Brady MBA industry-ready and prepared to tackle a variety of workplace challenges.

As a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Higher Education Partner, the Karren Brady MBA will provide you with a CMI accredited MBA.

This means you'll receive free CMI membership for the duration of your course, giving you access to extensive online resources such as mentoring, careers tools and CPD opportunities, as well as a Level 7 CMI Diploma.

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Why study for the Karren Brady MBA?

In addition to providing you with the invaluable knowledge and skills needed to accelerate your career, this MBA gives you the opportunity to study a female leadership course, developed by one of the best in the industry. And the Karren Brady MBA doesn't just focus on core subjects. It also encompasses and teaches soft skills for MBA students. A Financial Times survey revealed that the five most important skills in business are:

  • The ability to work with different people
  • Setting priorities and managing time
  • Understanding the digital impact on businesses
  • Networking
  • The ability to solve complex problems
Source: ft.com article – What employers want from MBA graduates - August 2017
  • £ Graduates from business schools in the FT Global MBA Ranking 2019 gained salary increases of between 67% and 118% after completing an MBA*
  • 84% of MBA alumni say the skills they developed during their degree helped them advance their career
  • 60% of MBA alumni say they couldn't have obtained their current job without their MBA study
  • * Source: prospects.ac.uk article – What is an MBA? - September 2019
    † Source: businessbecause.com article – How an MBA can Open Doors to a Career in Finance – April 2019

Baroness Karren Brady's Open Letter


We all have personal inspirations that help us stay focused on our progression in both our education and careers. I look back on my own career managing and leading football clubs and other businesses, becoming a published author and entering the House of Lords, and I consider what inspired me onward in business and in life.

I had a set of core values that I feel were key to becoming successful. I had integrity and an enthusiasm for work; I was hungry to get on. These are the same values I have today and what I wanted to inspire in others. It's really important to realise that people very rarely become an overnight success. I worked hard in my first job and I've continued to work hard for 30 years to become the business-minded person you see today.

In my position today, and with key experiences throughout my career, I have been inspired to work with a modern university to create an MBA that will enable others to respond to their own inspirations and achieve their professional ambitions through a development in business acumen.

The Karren Brady MBA is a Distance Learning MBA delivered by online specialist, Arden University. This MBA qualification is designed to hone in on that which more traditional MBAs are overlooking; most crucially, this MBA is modelled on insights that can ensure your newly-acquired skills are sustainable for future career conditions. You’ll also gain the confidence and foresight to breakout as an entrepreneur, and develop vital soft skills to translate into any role, in any sector.

I have personally been involved in the creation of the programme content and believe it’s one of the best qualifications for business success. I have met the talented lecturers that bring with them a wealth of experience in business and strong leadership skills - the learnings from which I ensure are at the heart of this MBA, as the crucial insights only real-world experience can offer are what help us succeed.

If you’re looking to make your business goals a reality, and to respond to inspirations which compel you to be the best you can be, then the Karren Brady MBA will provide you a valuable step in the right direction.

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A word from our academics

Arden's Head of School for Business and Management, Matthew Cooper, worked alongside Karren to create this stand-out MBA programme.

Here, he explains exactly what makes the Karren Brady MBA unique, and talks about the important role Karren has played in shaping a programme which prepares its graduates for life in the boardroom.

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